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The Girard-Perregaux WW.TC Zegg and Cerlati Edition watch.

Written by Debbie. Posted in Girard-Perregaux, Men's Watches

Girard-Perregaux, in collaboration with the boutique Zegg & Cerlati, has recently released a new limited edition version of the brand’s iconic WW.TC (World Wide Time Control) collection, the aptly named Girard-Perregaux WW.TC Zegg & Cerlati Edition.

Girard-Perregaux launched the WW.TC collection in 2000 and it quickly became a mainstay of the Swiss brand, a company that dates back to 1791. With over two centuries of history, it comes as no surprise that they elected to produce this limited edition watch for Zegg & Cerlati, one of the world’s pemier watch and jewelry boutiques.

The Girard-Perregaux WW.TC Zegg and Cerlati Edition.

Protected by a 43mm bead blasted steel case and sapphire crystal, the dial is a design of a black and steel, partial world view encompassing much of Europe, Africa, the Atlantic Ocean and parts of North America and Asia, with Zegg & Cerlati’s base of operations, Monaco, as the center. Besides the standard hours, minutes and seconds hands in the center of the dial, there is a small 60-second counter at 3 o’clock, a small 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock and a 30-minute counter at 9 o’clock. Surrounding this is a world-time with day/night indicator. Finally, on the outer ring is a list of the major cities representing the 24 time zones with the exception of the Zegg & Cerlati logo at 12 o’clock representing the Eastern European Time Zone, in which Zegg & Cerlati’s principality of Monaco resides. This feature is to show the global stock market times, a feature aimed at the probable concerns of anyone fortunate enough to afford one. Features all available on the WW.TC Financial, the model this watch most closely resembles in terms of functions.

Girard-Perregaux is one company that has been designing and constructing their own movements in-house for some

The GP033C0 Movement.

time now, and this watch is definitely a beneficiary of that. Like the WW.TC Financial, this watch uses the automatic GP033C0 movement, which claims a power reserve of 46-hours. It is this movement that allows for the exceptional functionality of this watch.

The black rubber strap, in conjunction with the black and steel colored map design of the dial and the steel case contrasts nicely and makes this piece very attractive but its the functions that put this piece over the top. The Girard-Perregaux WW.TC Zegg & Cerlati Edition is an ideal watch for the financial guru, especially one who also desires exclusivity, as this watch is a limited run of only 15 pieces that will be available only through Zegg & Cerlati boutiques.

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Schofield Watch Company: The Vision of Giles Ellis

Written by Debbie. Posted in Schofield Watch Company, watch history

The Schofield Watch Company was founded through the vision and dedication of founder, Giles Ellis. The

Schofield Watch Company founder Giles Ellis.

company was just recently introduced into the highly competitive world of high-end watches at the 2011 Saatchi Gallery SalonQP (an exhibition of watch companies and their wares), receiving critical acclaim which led to an extended waiting list for their models. The Schofield Watch Company’s surprising early success wouldn’t be possible without founder Giles Ellis’ vision and extreme dedication and attention to detail.

The Schofield Watch Company is an independent company, based just north of Brighton in a small village in rural Sussex, England.  Ellis founded the company in order to design a watch that he himself would like to wear. In fact, initially the company was not supposed to be a commercial venture but simply a personal enterprise to create a luxury watch to Giles’ own exacting and meticulous standards and his own unique style.  Giles himself spent countless hours meticulously detailing every facet of the business and involving himself in everything from picking parts suppliers, logos, the website, photography and almost every other possible variable involved in crafting the brand and its products. His meticulous attention to detail meant he spent an inordinate amount of time just to find suppliers that offered the quality he desired and, upon realizing that one watch would require nearly 4000 man-hours to complete he founded the Schofield Watch Company. Giles spent several years working on all of these aspects, and without his efforts there would be no Schofield.

That Giles’ first model designs, the Signalman GMT PR and the Signalman DLC GMT PR, were so well received owes to his history. Giles’ father is a skilled woodworker and his mother is a sculptor while Giles himself has embarked in endeavors as diverse as owning a business restoring antique musical instruments to designing components for high-end hi-fi equipment and mountain bikes. With his background in graphic and product design and the monolithic 18th and 19th century British lighthouses that he drew the inspiration from for his first models, it should be no surprise that the Signalmen models were so highly praised, in spite of focusing on aspects other than fashionability in the designs.

The first models released by Schofield, the Signalman GMT PR (left) and the Signalman DLC GMT PR (right).

In a quote from the company’s website Schofield says “My motivation isn’t driven by a desire to be fashionable. I am a man obsessed with detail and thoroughness. If I design something it has to be thoroughly thought through without gaps. I like to know every detail has been considered. With great design, I engage with the fact that the people who make and design things of great beauty have invested their love, care and attention into every minute facet of its creation. It is this sense of refinement and thoroughness that inspires and motivates me.”

The result of Giles’ tireless work ethic and dedication to detail was the critically-acclaimed launch of his passion project. What lies in store for the future of the Schofield Watch Company is unsure, but if early success is any indicator, it is a future that will be highly anticipated by watch enthusiasts and collectors everywhere.

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Kees Engelbarts’ Newest Piece Unique is Certainly Unique

Written by Debbie. Posted in Men's Watches

Swiss-based watch craftsman Kees Engelbarts has recently unveiled his newest “Piece Unique,” the term he uses to describe his watch creations, and this timepiece is most certainly “Unique” from a visual standpoint.

Engelbarts started his career as a hand-engraver for various Swiss-watchmaking companies, engraving dials, cases,

The front of Kees Engelbarts newest “Piece Unique.”

movements, etc., until 1997 when he decided to begin creating his own watches. Engelbarts has spent the years since  hand-crafting watches and one of the techniques he employs in his watch creation is a 17th century Japanese engraving technique known as Mokume-gane. Mokume-gane is a technique used to imitate wood grain patterns in metal laminae by bonding two different colored metals or alloys that are compatible in their malleability and ductility without the use of flux or solder. Mokum-gane is certainly a principal design element that lends the term “Unique” to this piece.

Engelbarts’ latest “Piece Unique” features a dial made of oxidized Damast steel that can appear blue, violet and even yellow. The blue hour and minute hands contrast nicely with the skeleton-ised dial, which leaves much of the movement below exposed from the front. Several gears are visible as are the two main spring barrels, the balance wheel and parts of the bridges and main plate. The crystal sapphire with anti-reflective coating on both sides ensures that these features are all easily visible. There is also a crystal sapphire with anti-reflective coating on both sides on the backside of the piece, rendering the equally impressive sculpting on the backside, as well as more of the movement, visible.

The backside of Kees Engelbarts’ New “Piece Unique.”

The movement itself is actually a Technotime caliber 718. The Technotime caliber 718 is a manually winded movement and features a 120-hr power reserve. The complications and the finishes of the Technotime 718 are completely customizable and, besides its impressive five-day power reserve, it is reasonable to assume that is why Engelbarts would select this movement for this very detailed piece.

The movement and dial are both housed in a handcrafted, platinum case that measures 42mm in diameter with a height of 11mm. Kees Engelbarts has inscribed his full name on the outside of the case but other than that there are no other letters, numerals or symbols visible on the front of the case, which could lead to some difficulty getting an accurate reading of the time. The strap is made from black crocodile leather with a platinum clasp to round out the aesthetic features.

Despite featuring a quality movement in the Technotime 718, this timepiece is quite impractical as a time-indicator and is more of an artistic creation than anything. Still, Kees Engelbarts’ newest “Piece Unique” is an interesting and creative watch that continues Engelbarts’ history of unique timepieces and is sure to leave watch enthusiasts anticipating his next creation.

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TAG Heuer’s Latest Model in Carrera Ladies’ Watch Line.

Written by Debbie. Posted in TAG Heuer, Women's Watches

Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer’s Carrera Ladies’ watch line has always offered feminine watches with an emphasis on an understated elegance and its newest in the line, the Rose Gold 27mm model, is no exception.

The Tag Heuer Carrera Ladies Rose Gold 27mm with the glossy white alligator strap.

A round 27mm case made of polished 18k solid Rose Gold with a bezel and crown also made of solid 18k Rose Gold  surround the white mother-of-pearl dial. The dial is protected by double-anti-reflective treated, scratch resistant crystal sapphire to ensure durability and clear readings. The indexes are hand applied and made of 18k solid Rose Gold while the polished 18k solid Rose Gold hour, minute, and second hands feature luminescent markers for easy visibility in less-than-quality lighting. At 3 o’clock is a small date window, big enough to be legible yet small enough to maintain the elegant simplicity of the device.

The Carrera utilizes an extremely accurate quartz movement. Quartz movements are battery powered and uses an electrical current to cause the quartz crystal regulator to vibrate consistently at a frequency of approximately 32,768 times per second. This provides the movement a near perfect precision with a variation of only a few seconds a month. The quartz movements used by TAG Heuer offer excellent resistance to magnetic fields and shocks. The batteries for the quartz movements in this watch have a service life of roughly 2 years and an internal End-Of-Life battery indicator that will cause the seconds hand to make four-second jumps at intervals of four-seconds to indicate the battery is weakening. The watch will, however, continue to display the correct time until the battery is completely spent. The features of the quartz movement ensure that this is a watch that will need minimum attention, as far as the movement is concerned, making it an ideal accessory for women who may be more-or-less careless in that regard.

The slight size of this watch epitomizes the emphasis on femininity of the design of this watch. The simple yet elegant appearance of this watch is emphasized by the slight contrast of the 18k Rose Gold components and the mother-of-pearl on the dial. The watch comes with the choice of either a black glossy alligator strap, to offer a contrast to the delicate colors of the dial and case, or a white glossy alligator strap to compliment the delicate colors of the dial and case, while both have an 18k solid Rose Gold pin buckle.

The Tag Heur Carrera Ladies’ Rose Gold 27mm with glossy black alligator strap.

This is a simple, elegant watch that utterly embraces femininity through the size of the watch and the combination of the white mother-of-pearl of the dial and the Rose Gold of the case, indexes, hands, bezel and crown. This watch exudes the luxury and elegance of the woman wearing it, whether worn in a formal environment or a casual one. In short, the simplicity of design and operation of this beautifully understated watch sure to please almost any woman.

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Certina Unveils New Watch Honoring Sauber F1 Racing

Written by Debbie. Posted in Certina

Sauber F1 Racer Sergio Perez wearing the new DS Podium GMT Chronograph Limited Edition Sauber F1 Team.

The Sauber Formula 1 Racing Team and Mexican driver Sergio Perez recently helped Swiss-watchmaker Certina unveil its new watch, the DS Podium GMT Chronograph Limited Edition Sauber F1 Team, at Sauber’s company headquarters in Switzerland on June 19. Highlights of the event included when Perez, who had finished 3rd at the recent Canadian Grand Prix, was presented no. 2 out of the limited run of 2012 pieces of the DS Podium GMT by Certina CEO Adrian Bosshardt and later, when three journalists tried to match some incredible track times set by Sergio Perez on an F1 simulator. But the biggest highlight of this event, as it should be, was the watch itself.

This limited edition of the DS Podium GMT Chronograph has a polished-steel case with a polished bezel and tachymeter scale. At 3 o’clock is a screw down crown with side protection that is flanked at 2 o’clock and 4 o’clock by push down chronographs. The backside of the case has an inscription of “Sauber F1 Team” and the team logo as well as the unique production number of each piece.

Housed in the case and protected by scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, the grey sunray-finish dial has a special twin-scale GMT and a small 60 minute counter at 3 o’clock, a small snailed 24-hour indicator at 9 o’clock, at 6 o’clock is a small snailed seconds counter as well as a small black-on-white date window at 6 o’clock to ensure optimal visibility. To ensure the time is clearly visible in different conditions of light, the 24-hour and GMT sub-dial hands, Arabic numerals (3, 9 an 12) and the indexes are applied with Superluminova and the centers of the large seconds and minutes hands are filled with the luminescent material, as well. This DS Podium GMT also boasts a water resistance at depths of up to 100 Meters.

The Certina DS Podium GMT Chronograph Limited Edition Sauber F1 Team.

Since this limited edition watch was created to commemorate the partnership between Certina and Sauber Formula 1 Racing Team that started in 2005, it is only fitting that Certina adopted Sauber’s team colors of white, red and gray for the color scheme of this watch. The red stitching on the grey leather strap epitomizes the color scheme on this watch. The Certina DS Podium GMT Chronograph Limited Edition Sauber F1 Team watch comes in a display case shaped like the nose from the Sauber F1 race car and also comes with a numbered, individual certificate.

This watch is sure to appeal to watch enthusiasts and Formula 1 Racing fans alike but unfortunately, due to the limited numbers being made, the Certina DS Podium GMT Chronograph Limited Edition Sauber F1 Team watch is only going to be available in the countries of Germany, Poland, Spain, Switzerland and Austria.

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Limited Edition RM 032 Dark Diver Automatic Chronograph Goes Where Few Chronographs Dare

Written by Debbie. Posted in Men's Watches, Richard Mille

Richard Mille could have very well released the Limited Edition RM 032 Dark Diver Automatic

The Limited Edition RM 032 Dark Diver Chronograph

The Limited Edition RM 032 Dark Diver Chronograph

Chronograph at the bottom of the sea. Well, maybe not the bottom of the sea, but certainly deeper than most other chronograph diving watches are capable. To be more precise, Richard Mille boasts water-resistance to depths of up to 300 meters. This easily exceeds the depth requirements for a diving watch (as outlined by the International Organization for Standardization in ISO 6425). Achieving a water-resistance rating at this level of depth is an impressive feat for a chronograph watch since enough water pressure on the crown and pushers could accidentally activate the chronograph. So how did Richard Mille create a chronograph watch that has a water-resistance of up to 300 meters?

The solution Richard Mille used was to create a locking crown that prevents any effects from external pressure or any accidental manipulations by securing the pushers. This is also attains a greater water-resistance capability in the timepiece and is easily activated by turning the ring on the crown. This seems like a fairly simple design implement and will undoubtedly help more chronographs achieve depths reserved for other types of watches. An appealing feature, and the design of the watch should be just as appealing to divers and non-divers alike.

RM 032 Dark Diver Automatic ChronographThe Limited Edition RM 032 Dark Diver Automatic Chronograph features the characteristic curve, that is in all Richard Mille models, in the design of the 50mm tripartite titanium case. The distinctive dark coloring of the design, undoubtedly from which the Dark Diver name is derived, is achieved in part by the DLC (Diamond-Like-Carbon) coating on the case and buckle. This coating also helps prevent scuffs and scratches so the watch is sure to maintain its structural and visual integrity for the duration of its lifespan (assuming a modicum of care is taken, of course). The black rubber strap, bezel indicators and pushers finish the distinctive black look of the watch. Actually, aside from some minor red accents, this watch is completely black and its appearance seems like it would more fittingly belong on Darth Vader’s wrist than a diver’s. But regardless of whose wrist it is on, it is still a visually stunning piece.

The Dark Diver has Superluminova elements in the hands, running indicator disk and hour markers ensure optimal visibility regardless of the light available, an ideal feature for use in the depths of the sea. The Dark Diver features a Sapphire crystal dial and case back to help protect the Caliber RMAC2 automatic winding movement. It also has a power reserve of about 50 hours or 45 hours, if the chronograph is running. It has functions for hours, minutes, date, month, a flyback chronograph with minutes and seconds counter, an hour counter, a running indicator and an adjustable rotor geometry.

The Richard Mille RM 032 Dark Diver Automatic Chronograph is a stellar timepiece and would make anyone, fortunate enough to get their hands on one, very pleased by its functionality and unique design. Unfortunately Richard Mille has only produced 30 of these units and they are only being offered through the Richard Mille Boutique Beverly Hills, California; so these pieces will be hard to come by.

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The Innovative Sound of the Girard-Perregaux 1966 Minute Repeater

Written by Debbie. Posted in Girard-Perregaux, Men's Watches

The Girard-Perregaux 1966 Minute Repeater

The Girard-Perregaux 1966 Minute Repeater

The Girard-Perragaux 1966 Minute Repeater‘s most significant feature is also its loudest. The watch’s innovative GPE09-0001 manual movement strikes a tone on the hours, quarters and even the minutes. This is sure to please watch enthusiasts as it is reminiscent of the repeating watches in the time before electricity, where the repeating watches’ chimes used to indicate the hour for functionality when light was scarce. But the most impressive and innovative feat of this watch is the sheer intensity of the sound. Where as most repeating watches are only moderately audible, the Girard-Perregaux 1966 Minute Repeater boasts an impressive level of audibility. Girard-Perragaux (one of the oldest watch companies in the world with an origin going back to 1791)  achieves this with a striking dedication to the craftsmanship and design of this watch.

Its starts with a typical repeater construction of twin circular metal gongs coiled inside the case. There are  several aspects of the case construction that Girard-Perregaux paid special attention to which is important in a repeating watch given that case’s amplification of the gongs should be enough to achieve audibility.  The first thing Gerard-Perregaux did was to ensure that the interior diameter of the case and the diameter of the case are well balanced for peak resonance. The second thing they did was to create a curvature in the case-back to increase the volume of air between the case and movement which is supposed to greatly improve the spread of the sound. The third aspect that Girard-Perregaux paid extra attention to was case-back, which was diamond-polished to reduce acoustic interference. They also take particular care to ensure the vibrations from the gongs and hammers are tuned to create a sound as close to perfection as possible. Girard-Perregaux combines these features to help create an unparalleled level of audibility in a repeating watch.

The GPE09-0001 movement is visible through the sapphire-crystal case-back and is a stunning sight to behold withThe Girard-Perregaux 1966 Minute Repeater's movement. 317 components. The balance cock, visible through the back-case, takes the form of an arrow reminiscent of the brand’s famous gold bridges. This signature part is exactingly finished by Girard-Perregaux’s craftsmen using stones, bluffs, pegwoods and diamond pastes to achieve a perfect rounding and finish. This manually winded movement also has a reported life-span of over four days.

The watch in its entirety is elegant in its simplicity with an understated sense of nobility. This is achieved with through the careful craftsmanship of every aesthetic detail, easily evident through the care taken in construction and application of the white enamel dial, the leaf shaped blue hands and the 42mm pink gold case. The black matte alligator strap with its pink gold ardillon buckle round out the stunning visual features of this watch.

While not a limited edition, Girard-Perregaux can only craft about 15-20 of these timepieces per year so they should be highly sought after by watch enthusiasts everywhere; rightly so, as the Girard-Perregaux 1966 Minute Repeater matches its elegant visual design with an innovative movement and construction that creates an exceptional watch to see and, possibly more importantly, hear.

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The Retro-Inspired Tudor Heritage Chronograph

Written by Debbie. Posted in Men's Watches, Tudor

Tudor Heritage Chronograph with the fabric band.

The Tudor Heritage Chronograph watch was unveiled at BaselWorld 2010, one of the most prestigious expositions in the watchmaking community, and it features a decidedly retro look; as it should, as Tudor has dug into its own extensive history for the design of this unique watch.

The Tudor Watch Company, owned by world-renowned watchmaker Rolex, was created by Rolex founder Hans Wilsdorf in 1946 to offer a more affordable option compared to the Rolex brand while still retaining the reputation for dependability that Rolex enjoyed. Tudor quickly carved out a successful niche in the watchmaking business and flourished throughout the ’50s and ’60s. Eventually, in 1970 they would release the watch that would be the inspiration for the design of the Heritage Chronograph; a watch that stood out both for its style and the technology it utilized, the Tudor Oysterdate Chronograph.

Although 40 years have passed since the Tudor Oysterdate Chronograph, the style it championed is present once again in its successor, the Heritage Chronograph. The watch is strikingly similar in design as to its predecessor’s; a casual glance wouldn’t be sufficient to discern the two. The dial is marked similarly and the watch movements are placed identically (small seconds at 3 o’clock, date at 6 o’clock and a 45-minute totaliser at 9 o’clock) and the color scheme is nearly identical. The Heritage Chronograph does update these features with a more contemporary design, despite its similar appearance. The lugs are beveled and polished, the watch has crown protectors, a knurled bezel and chronograph pushers as well.

The Heritage Chronograph isn’t simply a reproduction of the Oysterdate Chronograph with a new name as much as it is an evolutionary step for the design and a model in its own right. Offering the dial in either black-on-grey or grey-on-black designs, using a black eloxed aluminum disc for the bi-directional bezel, the three-linked solid steel bracelet featuring the Tudor shield logo and a new clasp as well as a seat-belt inspired black, grey and orange fabric strap are some of the more contemporary design implementations that separate the Heritage Chronograph from the Oysterdate Chronograph.

In fact, the black, grey and orange fabric strap is one of the most enticing design aspects as it helps the similarly

Tudor Heritage Chronograph in its case with both the steel and fabric straps.

Tudor Heritage Chronograph in its case with both the steel bracelet and fabric straps.

colored dial, regardless of whether you choose the black-on-grey or grey-on-black design, pop visually. The steel bracelet offers a more traditional look, in line with its contemporary, but I feel the fabric strap makes for a more visually striking timepiece, overall. Also worth noting about the straps is that they are “meticulously fashioned by a company that perpetuates an over century-old artistic craft,” according to the Tudor website (they also have a video showing the production of the straps).

The Tudor Heritage Chronograph features a self-winding movement with a boasted reserve of 42 hours. Tudor also claims the watch to be waterproof at depths of up to 150 meters. Throw in the price tag of roughly $4000 and you are offered a watch built to Rolex quality certifications but with a more palatable price tag. Unfortunately for anyone interested in the retro-inspired Tudor Heritage Chronograph, the Tudor brand as a whole isn’t offered in Great Britain or the United States, so you may have trouble getting your hands on one of these beautiful timepieces. But, I can think of worse excuses to take a trip to Europe than to get your hands on a watch like this one.

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Louis Vuitton Introduces Limited Edition Tambour Bijou Secret Timepiece Set

Written by Debbie. Posted in jewelry watches, Women's Watches

In a limited edition set, Louis Vuitton adds to its Tambour Bijou women’s watch collection a new ‘secret’ timepiece aptly called the Tambour Bijou Secret.

The characteristic that makes the Tambour Bijou Secret watch ‘secret’ emerges out of the watch’s appearance, seemingly being at once a jewel and a watch. The timepiece consists of two layers, the first of which pivots to reveal a watch dial ‘hidden’ underneath.

The Tambour Bijou Secret watch comprises a simple, but elegant flower shape on both of its layers, the top being a flower with rounded petals and the bottom having a flower with pointed petals. Both layers are carefully encrusted with diamonds, greatly contributing to the watch’s stunning and glimmering appearance, without being overtly ostentatious.

This timepiece, rather, is the epitome of femininity and class, with a feel that is both timeless like a jewel and modern as a watch. Being largely inspired by jewelry, the Tambour Bijou Secret watch has a rounded shape with a small size of just 22mm, akin to a jeweled bracelet as much as to a timepiece.

The Tambour Bijou Secret timepiece comes in three versions, each demonstrating Louis Vuitton’s careful and advanced mastery of the delicate materials the company utilizes in its pieces. The different versions consist of: white gold and mother-of-pearl, rose gold and Polynesian mother-of-pearl, and white gold and mother-of-pearl with a special strap fully encrusted with about 6 carats of diamonds. As all three versions appear very differently, choosing between them could prove a difficult task, as they are all equally stunning and elegant.

Louis Vuitton’s Tambout Bijou Secret timepieces come in three versions, from left to right- white gold and mother-of-pearl, rose gold and Polynesian mother-of-pearl & white gold and mother-of-pearl with a 6 carat diamond encrusted strap.

The hidden dial of the Tambour Bijou Secret consists simply of two hands and no markings, the watch serving the timekeeping function without being out rightly done so. The dial is also marked with the brand name Louis Vuitton, a reminder of the luxury and high quality nature of this product.

Each watch comes with two different straps, a patent Monogram triple-tour and an alligator strap fit to seamlessly match each particular version of the Tambour Bijou Secret timepiece.

Launched to great success and acclaim in 2006, the Tambour Bijou watch collection has become a staple product of Louis Vuitton’s impressive repertoire. The company proudly introduces the Tambour Bijou Secret women’s timepiece in this light, a limited edition watch that encapsulates Louis Vuitton’s technical and creative mastery when it comes to producing accessories that are timeless, elegant and luxurious.

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Swiss Armin Strom Releases Impressive New Generation of Armin Manual Water Watch

Written by Debbie. Posted in Men's Watches

Swiss watchmaker Armin Strom AG presents a new generation of its Armin Manual Water watch, a timepiece attempting to achieve perfection in both the technical and aesthetic components.

The Armin Manual Water watch is part of a collection of four Armin Manual watch models, each representing one of the four elements: Earth, Water, Air and Fire. While each of the models shares the same design and functions, they are distinguishable by color, giving each its own personality.

The Armin Manual Water, in this way, evokes a sense of fluidity and clearness, featuring shiny stainless steel on its 43mm case and in its dial, along with some white and bright gold, giving the watch an overall brightness.

Unique to Armin’s Manual watch collection is the watches’ unique design with a slightly off-center time display, sleek numerical markings and a partially open area showing off its mechanical workings. Armin Strom, from whose work the company is based, has been considered an innovator in the field of skeleton watches for decades, bringing to his timepieces a feel of the high-tech and modern, and making them continually interesting to look at. Such is the case for the Armin Manual Water watch, which also incorporates a small subdial ring, bringing together well the watch’s various circular patterns and overall round shape.

The Armin Manual Water watch is further distinguishable from the other models due to its navy blue, ‘hornback’ alligator strap. Recently, the Armin Manual Water was adapted in a special limited edition series of just 40 pieces in celebration of Armin Strom’s sponsorship of the GAC Pindar Sailing Team and the team’s participation in the Extreme Sailing Series. This special edition version of the Armin Manual Water watch features the authentic white canvas of the GAC Pindar catamaran stitched onto its navy blue strap.

The Armin Manual Water Watch lacks the fancy gimmicks commonly found in luxury timepieces, appearing at once simple and aesthetically pleasing, with Armin playing to a modern, design-concerned sensibility. However, with such capabilities as a 120-hour power reserve and an advanced mechanical system, the timepiece does not fail to impress with its high-tech inner workings.

Although Armin Strom AG has only been in existence since 2006, the company is already making a splash in the watch industry with such timepieces as the Armin Manual Water watch, as well as, with the other models of this enticing Manual watch collection. Elegantly melding the aesthetic and technological, the Armin Manual Water watch represents the innovation that has come to mark the future of luxury timepieces.

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